When Bungie signed a 10-year publishing deal with Activision last year, the writing was on the wall that the Halo studio would soon depart from the famed franchise. Now it's a done deal.
According to Bungie's latest Weekly Update, the Washington state video game studio will not create any more new map packs for Halo: Reach.
"We are not building map packs for Halo: Reach, and we're not working on any engine modifications, with code pressed tightly to metal," reads the statement.
That said, Bungie plans to continue to support Halo: Reach until Microsoft takes total control of the franchise. That continued support will come in the way of "playlist additions and upgrades," the addition of community-made maps to the multiplayer hopper, and undefined community contests.
Halo: Reach fans eager for more add-on content can download the $10 Defiant Map Pack next week on Xbox Live. The content was codeveloped by Certain Affinity, a studio also responsible for Call of Duty: Black Ops and Left 4 Dead downloadable content.